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Congregation B’nai Israel 727-381-4900

Shabbat Services & Candlelighting Friday, September 3, 2010 Candlelighting 7:32 pm Musical Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 pm Saturday, September 4, 2010 Sedra - Nitzavim-Vayelekkkh Shabbat Services 9:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:30 pm Pre-Selihot Program 9:00 pm Selihot Service 10:30 pm Friday, September 10, 2010 Candlelighting, 7:24 pm Minha, Maariv 6:30 pm Saturday, September 11, 2010 Sedra – Ha’azinu Shabbat Shuvah Shabbat Services 9:00 am Junior Congregation Begins 10:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:30 pm Friday, September 17, 2010 Candlelighting 7:16 pm Kol Nidre Service 7:15 p.m.

Friday, October 1, 2010 Candlelighting 6:59 p.m. Yom Tov Minha, Kabbalat Shabbat 6:30 pm Saturday, October 2, 2010 Sedra – Bereshit Shabbat Service 9:00 am Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:00 pm

Saturday, September 25, 2020 Shabbat Hol Hamoed Sukkot Shabbat Services, Consecration, Torah Covers Dedication 9:00 am Junior Congregation 10:00 am Minha, Maariv & Havdala 7:10 pm

DAILY SERVICES Please join our twice daily minyan which meets weekday mornings at 7:45 a.m., Sunday mornings and Labor Day morning at 9:00 am. and weekday evenings at the following times: Aug 29 – Sept 2 Sept 5 – Sept 7 Sept 12 – Sept 16 Sept 19 – Sept 21 Sept 26 – Sept 28 Oct 3 – Oct 7

7:40 pm 7:30 pm 7:25 pm 7:15 pm 7:10 pm 7:00 pm

SHABBAT GAMES FOR THE KIDS.. Look what's new for you! CBI will now have a Shabbat Game Cart located in the alcove of the Social Hall each Shabbat morning. The game cart will have games for children to play while their parents enjoy the Kiddush. PARENTS! Please assist your child in cleaning up before leaving.

Saturday, September 18, 2010 Yom Kippur - See High Holiday Schedule Yom Kippur Services 8:30 am Minha, Neila Services 5:15 pm Friday, September 24, 2010 Candlelighting 7:08 pm Yom Tov Minha, Hol Hamoed Sukkkot Service at 6:00 p.m. Got Shabbat? Congregation Sukkot Dinner to Welcome New Members hosted by USY Alumni


PARTICIPATE IN ALIYOT The Ritual Committee of Congregation B’nai Israel encourages worshippers to participate in services by performing aliyot. If you would like to receive an aliyah, please call the synagogue office at 381-4900, or kindly speak to one of the ushers when you enter the sanctuary, and every effort will be made to accommodate your request. Those wishing to receive an aliyah on Shabbat morning are asked to arrive at services no later than 9:30 am. We look forward to your participation. Shalom, Morry Bornstein, Ritual Chair

CHILD CARE To request Shabbat morning childcare for preschoolers, please call the Synagogue office by Wednesday prior to Shabbat.

CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST The Mitzvah Men’s Club provides a Continental Breakfast for all worshippers on Minyan Mornings in the alcove of the Social Hall. Please join the Minyanaires for the morning Shaharit service and relax and schmooze over breakfast bagels, cream cheese, coffee cake and coffee/tea.

Rabbi Jacob Luski, D.D. 727-381-4900 Ext. 207 Hazzan Paul D. Goldstein 727-381-4900 Ext. 205 Executive Director, Sara A. Latham 727-381-4900 Ext. 202 Pauline Rivkind Preschool Director Bonnie Halprin 727-381-4900 Ext. 211 Pauline Rivkind Talmud Torah Education Director, Ilana Dayan 727-381-4900 Ext. 310 Youth & Family Program Director Sandy Brasch 727-381-4900 Ext. 209 Torah Reader, Deborah Marmon Office Manager, Pam Askin 727-381-4900 Ext. 203 Receptionist, Anita Helfand 727-381-4900 Ext. 201 Accounting, Barbara Jarvis 727-381-4900 Ext.204 PRTT Secretary, Patzi Gil 727-381-4900 Ext. 210 President, Karen Sher Sisterhood President, Alice Ettinger Men’s Club President, Keyvan Kohan USY President, Julia Halprin Bulletin Committee:

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES If you are interested in sponsoring an Oneg Shabbat on Friday evening, a Seudah Shlishit on Shabbat afternoon or a L’Hayim following a Morning Minyan in honor or memory of a loved one or a special occasion, please contact Synagogue office.

Layout Editor, Masha Ronay Coordinators, Pam Askin, Anita Helfand and Carol Marcin B’nai Israel Review Publishes 11 times a year by Congregation B’nai Israel 300 58th Street North St. Petersburg, FL 33710 727– 381-4900 FAX 727-344-1307 All rights reserved. No part of this document can be copied without the permission of Congregation B’nai Israel

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From the Rabbi As we look ahead to the New Year 5771 I share this poem by Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso adapted from “What I wish for my son, I wish for all our children” which expresses my hopes and aspirations. What I wish for you On this Rosh Hashanah and throughout the years to come, I wish you to become people of character strong but not tough, gentle but not weak. May you learn to laugh at yourselves, but not mock others. May you grow to be righteous but not self-righteous, honest but not unforgiving. Wherever you journey, I hope that your steps will be firm, that you will walk in just paths and not be afraid. Whenever you speak, may your words be words of wisdom and friendship.

May the voices of the generations of our people move through you and may the God of our ancestors be your God as well. I pray that you know that there is a people, a rich heritage, to which you belong. May you be bounded to our people and its land, and know that through that sacred heritage and from that sacred place, you are connected to all who dwell on the earth. I hope that the stories of our people will be upon your heart, and your soul dance with gracefulness to the rhythm of Torah and Mitzvot. For our children and for us, let us say, Amen. With best wishes for a healthy, peaceful and meaningful New Year 5771,

May your hands build and your heart perceive what is good and beautiful in our world.


Rabbi Jacob Luski

From the Cantor’s Keyboard “100 Voices: A Journey Home” is a compelling and moving musical documentary that uniquely tells the history of Jewish culture in Poland. It highlights the current resurgence of Jewish culture through the personal reflections and musical selections of a group of cantors from the Cantors Assembly and acclaimed composer Charles Fox who made an important historical mission to the birthplace of Cantorial music. The documentary will give generations the opportunity to learn about and re-embrace the Jewish culture that produced one of the most artistic and educated societies that once flourished in Europe. Above all, the Program will celebrate the resilience and the power of Jewish life, while telling the story of two peoples who shared intertwined cultures. ONE SHOWING ONLY: Regal Park Place Stadium 16, U.S. 19 & Park Blvd. Tuesday, September 21st, 7:00 PM For tickets go to: voices

Hazzan Jack Mendelson, appeared in concert at CBI in 2009. Please join me in seeing this most amazing journey to the roots of Eastern European Jewish music. I look forward to seeing you there. B’Shalom, Hazzan Paul Goldstein

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From the President Blessing of the Children May your New Year be filled With Peace, Good Health, Happiness and Joy. Karen and Mendel Sher

Parents will have the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of reciting the blessing over their children at Erev Rosh Hashana Services on Wednesday, September 8th at 7:30 pm.

Karen Sher, President

From the Executive Director Recently when I was having dinner with a friend, a sudden storm appeared and then stopped just as we were leaving the restaurant. We stepped into the parking lot and a gorgeous full complete double rainbow appeared in the sky. It was spectacular. The twin rainbows seemed to be illuminating paths leading somewhere new. It makes me think about the paths we choose in life, and how we proceed on them. As Jews, our spiritual path begins from within, and is enhanced many ways, some of which are through prayer and congregation. Whether at services or a synagogue event, Judaism surrounds us and supports us. An exciting year has been planned for your participation. Plan to attend minyan regularly, services more often. Volunteer to be a greeter at services, work in the preschool, in the religious school, for the youth department, in Sisterhood, Men’s Club, or in the office; for an event, or join a committee. Attend more events. GET INVOLVED! Try it, you’ll like it. We have a wonderful volunteer base. We can make it even better if you decide to join it. As you begin the New Year, do it with vigor and with a new and improved attitude. Call me or stop by the office if you can’t find your niche and we can explore the possibilities together. In the meantime, I want to wish everyone and their families a happy and a healthy New Year. L’Shana Tova, Sara Latham Executive Director

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Celebrate the Dedication of New Shalosh Regalim Torah Covers in the Benstock Sanctuary of Congregation B’nai Israel on Shabbat Hol Hamoed Sukkot morning, September 25, 2010, 9:00 am Shalosh Regalim Torah Mantles have been presented to Congregation B’nai Israel of St Petersburg By: Shalosh Regalim & Sukkot Mrs. Audrey Kopelman & Family In memory of Dr. Harvey Kopelman Pesah Dr. Pat Cottrille and Reva & Leslie Pearlstein In honor of Rabbi J. Leonard Azneer Shavuot Carrie Heller and Andy Heller In memory of their parents, Dr. Maurice & Barbara Heller

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SISTERHOOD Community, Creativity, Challenge—this is the Sisterhood mantra this year! Our goals for the coming year will incorporate each of these. First we stress community—within Sisterhood, CBI, and our community. Creativity will abound under the wonderful leadership of Sheryl Sutton who has many different and exciting plans. The challenges of the year will be part of our financial responsibilities to the constituents of the aforementioned community. CBI Sisterhood has been busy planning an exciting and fun-filled year. If you haven’t done so already, please be sure to pay your dues so you don’t miss out on any of the emails, snail-mails, and phone calls that will keep you in the loop to participate. Be ready for your new Torah Fund pin when Marilyn LeVine approaches you. And if it is your birthday month, expect to hear from Kitty Jacobs or Naomi Berg. They will be asking you to celebrate with the congregation and support our new monthly Birthday Kiddush. We will decorate the Sukkah, have a Kitchen Shower, participate in a special joint Sisterhood-Men’s Club event, to name a few activities. There will be a very special and meaningful Sisterhood Shabbat, so please

save January 14-15 and be ready to say “yes” and participate. No need to worry—we have plenty of functions for everyone—from cooking, singing, speaking, serving, and even praying! The kitchen needs some new equipment so we are having a Kitchen Shower on Oct 27th. Sisterhood is registered with Bed Bath & Beyond. Go into the store or go online to the gift registry and look up CBI Sisterhood. Or buy a gift card through CBI SCRIP for Bed, Bath & Beyond and you can purchase something for the shower AND automatically give back to CBI. It’s a “win-win.” Call Alice Ettinger, 727-954-4805 for information and scrip. As we embark on the New Year, we realize that this is another chance to renew ourselves. Personally, I enjoy seeing friends and family—whether related by blood or by our choice as our CBI family. Prayer, commitment, and our binding faith bring us together. Regardless of the hustle and bustle we feel, take the time to look around. Notice the smiles; hear the good wishes for “L’shanah tova” from all of us to all of you. Alice G Ettinger, Sisterhood President

MITZVAH MEN’S CLUB As the High Holy Days approach we have begun a process of preparing ourselves. As part of this process we make plans for which activities and goals we would like to accomplish with those around us. This is also a time to assess whether we have met previous goals and work towards realistic expectations for what we can accomplish in the coming year. The High Holidays are the time for undertaking this kind of inventory. We should do this type of work individually, but also with those around us, the people who make up our support, our network, our team. For those of us involved with the preparation of programs and services for Congregation B’nai Israel, we reflect on the previous year and concentrate on our current state of affairs, as we also create a vision of tomorrow. One of the Mitzvah Men’s Club goals is to dramatically improve programming to meet your needs. As you introspect, how about committing to participating in your Men’s Club activities. Everyone is welcome. Feel free to contact me anytime at

MEN’S CLUB MEETINGS & EVENTS Wednesday, September 1st 6:00 pm Men’s Club Board Meeting Sunday, September 12th 10:00 am Build CBI Sukka in the Courtyard Monday, September 27th 6:00 pm Suds in the Sukka in the Courtyard Sunday, October 3rd 10:00 am Dismantle Sukka LE-SHANAH TOVAH TIKATEVU -- MAY YOU BE INSCRIBED FOR A GOOD YEAR! B’shalom, Keyvan Kohan Mitzvah Men’s Club, President

QUOTE Patience yields many good things. Patriarchs, Joseph 2:7

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Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana, the chance to make a fresh start. This is the time for families to rededicate themselves to appreciating the life and home they have built and to making them better. It is the time to look back at the mistakes we have made and the ways in which we have hurt others and we ask forgiveness. We also forgive others. Rosh Hashana is a wonderful time for home and family celebrations. We eat symbolic foods: Round foods represent the yearly cycle and time without beginning or end, and sweet foods enrich our desire for a sweet, delicious year. Prepare for the festive meals together. Bake a round challah or a sweet honey cake. Slice some apples and serve with honey. Pauline Rivkind Preschool is making cards and delivering them to Menorah Manor. We have a Rosh Hashana party when we hear the Shofar and eat some apples and honey. Congregation B'nai Israel provides a full range of services and activities for all of the children during High Holiday services. Babysitting for children 18 months through 5 years old begins at 9:30 am in the preschool. Reservations are required. Be sure to come into the Sukkah too, and see the great decorations by our preschoolers B’Shalom, Bonnie P. Halprin, Preschool Director

CHANGE IN ACADEMIC SETTING We welcome children who have changed their academic settings. Please contact the PRTT office for information and a registration form.

JUNIOR CONGREGATION Some of the most important components of a good Jewish background need more than just study in a classroom. It is essential that our students have regular synagogue experience on Shabbat that interests and inspires them. Here at CBI we hold special Junior Congregation services for children in grades 3-7 on Shabbat mornings in the Chapel at 10:00 am. They will put into practice the lessons they have learned during the week. Each student will have the opportunity to lead parts of the service, learn new melodies, and explore Shabbat teachings and stories. They will also gain the confidence they will need when it comes time to lead services for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations. Junior Congregation begins September 11th and will meet again September 25th. Information regarding High Holiday Youth Services, please refer to page 3 in your High Holiday Handbook.

THE PAULINE RIVKIND TALMUD TORAH Welcome to an exciting new year at PRTT! I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation, and I look forward to hearing about your summer adventures. I hope you’re ready to embark on a new adventure this year with PRTT! Welcome to our teaching staff: Janice LeVine, Yardena Isakson, Shoshana David, Mary Wygodski, Pam Himmel, and Hazzan Paul Goldstein. At PRTT, our goal is not only to educate our Jewish children, but to nurture a love of Judaism and pride in self. Your children are our number one priority, and we are grateful for the opportunity you have given us to be a part of their Jewish education. Learning at PRTT is the complete experience. The rich history, language and study of prayer are further enhanced by the growth of the child into a caring, compassionate member of our synagogue community, our Jewish community, and our Jewish world. Each year, we evaluate our curriculum to determine strengths and weaknesses in the programming and to help plan for the future. We have found that the success of our students is directly correlated to the involvement of their families. One of our goals this year is to make that involvement a more natural part of the education process. A new program has been designed with this goal in mind: Sunday Seminars. Sunday Seminars will be a time for families to learn something new, have a nosh, do a fun activity and just be together. There will be guest speakers on hand to discuss a variety of topics and who are eager to share their wealth of information with you. Mostly, Sunday Seminars will give us the time to be together and help us further build bonds with each other and within our synagogue community. The Sunday Seminars will be chaired by Mrs. Liz Sembler. Todah Rabah to Mrs. Sembler for being instrumental in launching this exciting series. It is also one of our goals that what is learned within our PRTT walls doesn’t get left behind when our children leave the building. To help continue the conversations at home, you will be receiving our new weekly newsletter, Shavuaon. In it, there will be a summary of that week’s parsha, vocabulary words and translations, and thought provoking questions that you can discuss at home. I would also very much like to highlight personal accomplishments of your children, so if you would like your child recognized for their accomplishments, academic or otherwise, please let me know. I won’t know unless you tell me, so don’t hesitate to call me and share the good news! I am thrilled that the weekly newsletter Shavoun is chaired by Sheryl Sutton! Todah Rabah for being vastly resourceful in launching this exciting Newsletter. Todah Rabah to Patzi Gil for all her creativity in designing the school calendar and the PRTT Handbook! This year has unlimited potential for success, and I need your help to make it the best, most successful year ever. There are many opportunities to get involved in PRTT, and I am grateful for any assistance you can offer to create memorable experiences for our children. Thank you for trusting your child’s Jewish education with us. It’s going to be a great year! Shalom, Ilana Dayan, Education Director

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Kadima and Halutzim kicked off the year with a morning of games and physical challenges, which were not only fun, but helped to reaquaint old friends and form new ones. USY is off to a fantastic year with another successful opening event. The Jewau was well attended and full of excitement and energy. Thanks to the Kobernick family for hosting the Jewau! This month is full of opportunities to be involved, experience joy and understand what it is to be part of the CBI family! The 2010-2011 Board will be installed as part of the pre-Selichot program. September Events. Wed Sept 1: USY board meeting 6:00 p.m. Hebrew High first session 7:00 p.m. Sat Sept 4: Pre-Selichot program and USY installation, Selichot, USY High Holiday set up and sleepover. Wed Sept 15: USY board meeting 6 p.m. Sun Sept 19: Build sukka. Fri Sept 24: Got Shabbat? dinner. Sat Sept 25: USY event 8 p.m. Sun Sept 26: Sukka hop 12 noon, meet at CBI sukka

Our College Committee sends holiday packages, travel and study opportunities and news about special events to our college students. Monetary and goods donations for this purpose are gladly accepted. Help us keep in touch with your college/graduate/medical/law school student. Please complete the form below and return it to the synagogue office or e-mail the information to Pam Askin at Student Name________________________________ School attending_______________________________ Current grade level_____________________________ Expected graduation year________________________ Student e-mail________________________________ Student telephone______________________________ School address for mail__________________________ School address for packages______________________ Parent’s names_________________________________ I’d like to help the College Committee: ( ) Mailings ( ) Telephone ( ) Shopping

HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL Hebrew High School opening class and registration will take place on Wednesday, September 1st. Classes meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are open to all Jewish high school age students. This semester’s course offerings include: Period 1: HEBREW HIGH SEMINAR CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM: WHAT IS IT? Instructors: Rabbi Jacob Luski, Rivy Chapman & Sandy Brasch Period 2: TOUGH QUESTIONS JEWS ASK Dr. Marc Reiskind, Instructor PIRKEY AVOT - Ethics of the Fathers Mr. Joe Fuchs, Instructor SENIOR SEMINAR (For High School Seniors Only) Rabbi Jacob Luski For further information, please contact Rabbi Luski at 381-4900.

CBI USY NEWS AND VIEWS I am so excited to begin my year as CBI’s USY chapter President! I am confident that this year, the youth programs will continue to improve and we will have the best year yet. Our opening USY program, the annual Jewau, was a huge success. Thank you to the Kobernick family for hosting this amazing event. We are looking forward to USY Board installation, which will take place on September 4th prior to the Selihot Services. We are planning various events and conventions for this year. Please let Sandy Brasch know if you would like to volunteer. I would like to extend a personal invitation to all Jewish high school students, whether you are affiliated with CBI or not, to attend a USY program to see what we’re all about. I intend to spend this year building on the successes of the previous years. It is my personal belief, and my motivation for leading our chapter, that providing opportunity for Jewish youth to interact is crucial to the future of Judaism. Our chapter provides a fun and exciting way to let our members perform Tikkun Olam and grow as Jews. Julia Halprin, President St. Petersburg USY

Shana Tova! Sandy Brasch Youth & Family Programming Director

College Outreach Help us reach our College Students!

As the month of Elul ends and Tishri begins, our thoughts turn inward. A time of self reflection and examination is upon us. I hope you will join me as I evaluate how to prioritize my time. For me, there is no greater cause than strengthening our Synagogue and the bonds with my congregational family.


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ADULT STUDIES Well, we’re off to another year and your Adult Studies Commission has worked hard to bring you, what I think, is a very good schedule of events this coming year. There are lots of things of which I hope you’ll take advantage. Classes by lay leaders and religious leaders, both our own and visiting. There will be several very interesting lectures, movies, kosher cooking classes, Torah reading and chanting and much more. Please consult your Adult Ed brochure which will be handed out on Yom Kippur. As always, if you wish to teach a class or have a special interest you would like taught, please feel free to contact me thru the synagogue office. May you and yours be inscribed for a sweet, healthy and happy year. L’shana Tova! Lou Bader Our full Adult Studies program for 5771 will begin in earnest in October after all the holidays are over. The following on-going classes will meet in August and September: Talmud Made Easy, led by Stephen Wein Wednesday, September 15th at 7:00 pm In the Buns Family Library CBI - Hadassah Book Discussion Club Wednesday, September 15th at 10:00 am In the Buns Family Library To discuss: Day After Night by Anita Diamant

NEW!! For those who have always wanted to learn to read Torah, here is an opportunity for you to begin working toward that goal in a small adult class: TORAH READING CLASS FOR ADULTS Beginning October 12th, 2010, Hazzan Paul Goldstein will teach adults how to read and chant Torah. This six week course will meet on Tuesdays at 7:15 pm for 1 hour. Program of Study The following objectives will be covered: A brief history of Trope (the cantellation symbols) An understanding of the function of the Trope The Major and Minor Trope The Chironomy (hand signals) for each Trope Applying the Trope to short passages

How to read from the Torah (without vowels or Trope) Study methodology

There is no cost for this course, but please call the office to register: 381-4900, Ext. 201.

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Our Library Committee has been very hard at work this summer cataloging, labeling and putting the children’s section in order for easy readers, junior books and teen selections. All books are catalogued by the Weine System, based on Dewey Decimal but geared for a Jewish Library. Our goal is to continue in this way with the rest of the collection. You would be amazed at the variety of very interesting books. We shall continue to purchase newer editions. Please feel free to come by when the staff is there on any Thursday morning between 10 a.m. and noon or by request. We’ll be happy to show you around. The Library Committee CBI - HADASSAH BOOK DISCUSSION CLUB MEETINGS The CBI-Hadassah Book Clubs will continue to meet monthly in the Buns Family Library for lively discussions of current books. We will meet on Wednesdays at 10:00 am on the following dates. The Readers Schedule for next year is: September 15, 2010 October 20, 2010 November 17, 2010 December 15, 2010


by Anita Diamant by Frieda Arkin by Nomi Eve by Meir Shalev

If you would like to lead a discussion group, please call Sheila Wasserman at 347- 5816!





"Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema" Written & Directed by Monique Schwarz With characteristic Jewish humor, iconic filmmakers Paul Mazursky, Paul Bogart and Larry Peerce and actress Lainie Kazan reflect with disarming candor on their own Jewish mothers and how they influenced their on-screen portrayals. Critics J. Hoberman, Patricia Erens, Michael Medved and Sharon Rivo discuss the changing image of the Jewish mother on screen and Israeli directors Avram Hefner and Zepel Yeshurun and actress Gila Almagor illustrate the uniqueness of Israeli filmic images. Mamadrama features hilarious film clips from Come Blow Your Horn, Goodbye Columbus, Next Stop Greenwich Village, The Jazz Singer, Portnoy's Complaint, Where's Poppa, Torch Song Trilogy, rare Yiddish films and recent Israeli features. Interspersed throughout is the story of Schwarz’s own mother, Berta, from her life in Vienna before World War II to her struggles as an immigrant in post-war Australia, a picture of a woman vastly different from the Jewish mothers seen in contemporary films.

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“ A season is set for everything, a time for every experience under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1 Congregation B’nai Israel is OUR home to celebrate ALL THE SEASONS OF OUR LIVES. With each life-cycle event, joyous or sorrowful, OUR congregational family comes together. We come together for daily prayer and for major holidays. We come together to learn and to study no matter OUR age or gender. The synagogue is OUR community and, as in any other community, the financial needs are ever present. Funds to support the upkeep of OUR beautiful building and OUR broad programming are always a primary concern. Salaries for those professionals and staff who tend to OUR spiritual needs and attend to the details of running and maintaining OUR synagogue are critical. Yet, less than 30% of the operating budget comes from synagogue dues. The 5771 Kol Nidre Campaign is the largest single source of income to support Congregation B’nai Israel. Each and every pledge is important to the Campaign, and we APPRECIATE AND THANK EACH DONOR for his or her best effort. It is my pleasure to serve as Chairman for the 5771 Kol Nidre Campaign, and I thank the members of our committee for their role in the success of OUR campaign. With the support of ALL OF OUR SYNAGOGUE MEMBERS, we ensure that Congregation B’nai Israel will be there for every season and experience under heaven. Leslie Pearlstein, Chairman, 5771 Kol Nidre Campaign

“May you be inscribed and sealed

For a year of health, happiness and peace” The Bulletin Committee

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FUNDRAISING REPORT As we head into the holiday season, I want to thank all of the people who have supported CBI’s fund raising efforts in the past year with their time and money. This year when you think about gifts for people who are hard to buy for think about leaves on the beautiful Tree of Life. Leaves can be purchased for only $218. Todah Rabah again to Leslie Pearlstein and the Kol Nidre committee. Please be sure your gift is included this year. Every gift is meaningful. If you want to get involved and add your talents to CBI’s fund raising team, please contact me. On behalf of my family, I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy 5771. P.S. Save the date for our annual Gift & Craft Show, December 4 th and 5th.

Laurie Reiskind 3rd Vice President, Fund Raising

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FAMILY PROGRAMS As the month of Elul comes to a close and Tishri starts we begin again. Although each year we celebrate the same holidays and say the same prayers, we are experiencing them from a different place. We have all changed during this past year and will experience the holidays during our yearly cycle from this new perspective. This opens up endless possibilities of growth and discovery. If you have never built a Sukka before let this be the year. Share the experience of Sukkot with friends and family and experience how rich our traditions are. The first “Got Shabbat” dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat last month was well attended and provided us with a meaningful Shabbat experience. The spirit of Shabbat filled our hearts and ruach filled the room. Thank you to all who gave their time and energy to make the evening so special. It was a pleasure to see new faces and welcome the several new families that joined us. Friday, September 24 is a Hol Hamoed Sukkot Service followed by “Got Shabbat” Congregation Sukkot Dinner. USY and Alumni will prepare and serve dinner as we welcome new members. Join us Sunday, September 26 for a CBI Sukka Hop! Meet at

the CBI Sukka at 12:00 noon to pick up a map to lead you on this adventure. Add to the fun and plan to carpool with friends. Everyone will receive a fun packet with games and questions to answer along the way! Look for clues at each sukka stop! Simhat Torah is just around the corner. The children of the Pauline Rivkind Talmud Torah will be making their own flags to carry and we invite the entire congregation to be creative and create yours as well. May you have a year of health, happiness and contentment. Shana Tova, Sandy Brasch Youth and Family Program Director

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LIFE CYCLE EVENTS MAZAL TOV TO: ACHIEVEMENTS:  Jared Herschel LeVine, son of Dr. Steven and Susan Marger LeVine and grandson of Dr. Morris and Marilyn LeVine and Bruce and Mary Ann Marger, on being awarded the Golden Kipah Honor Society award. BIRTHS Marshall & Lea Seiden and Robert & Valerie Seiden on the birth of their granddaughter and daughter, Lila Fay Seiden. Dr. Allen & Debbie Marmon and Ilana & Paul McLeary on the birth of their granddaughter and daughter, Talya Sharon McLeary. Jerry & Joan Benstock, Michael & Margot Benstock and Yael & Benjamin Alpert on the birth of their great-grandson, grandson and son, Max Jay Alpert.

We share in the sorrow of the passing of: HOWARD SORKIN Father of Dr. Richard Sorkin

WEDDINGS: Miriam Tambor on the marriage of her grandson, Michael Schroeder to Keisha Rowe. Roberta Tepper and Dr. Mark & Sheryl Weitman on the marriage of their grandson and son, Aaron Weitman to Rebecca Tenenbein.

TREE OF LIFE Looking for a special way to honor your family and friends who are celebrating a simha? The TREE OF LIFE at CBI is just the answer. What a joy it is for someone to walk into our shul and see a Tribute of their special birthday, anniversary or wedding. Does your child/grandchild have a Bar/ Bat Mitzvah or Graduation coming up? What a great way to honor them! Order forms are in the synagogue office and lobby. The minimum donation for leaves is $218. A Leaf has been inscribed:

Mazal Tov on the marriage of Fred Buns & Kathleen Smith, August 22, 2010, by your friends, Gail & Mike Frye, Joan & Phil Redisch, Sandy Elkins, Araceli & Alan Gross, and Alice & Larry Ettinger.

THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS Todah Rabah to the following volunteers who have assisted with the office work and special mailings this past month:

LOST AND FOUND! Have you lost anything at shul lately? The Synagogue office LOST AND FOUND has acquired many items. Therefore, if you are missing an item and you thought you lost it at CBI, check it out in the office.

Sheryl Sutton, Murray Rubin, Kitty and Marvin Jacobs, Marian Lustigman Rooth, Sally Swale, Bev Rafal, Vivian Neumann and Sally Cohen. Through their efforts many tasks have been accomplished and their assistance is greatly appreciated. Our apologies to anyone we may have inadvertently omitted. If you would like to do volunteer work, please call the synagogue office at 381-4900.

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Minyan Katan - A High Holiday Service for Our Very Youngest Congregants! Ages 6 years old and YOUNGER with parent participation. Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur 11:30 am - 12:00 noon (following Shofar blowing and Rabbi's sermon) Come pray, sing, dance, hear stories, play games, and have fun! Classroom # 9, Lead by Bonnie Peskin Halprin


Please keep me informed of significant events in your family life. It is my desire to be of help and service to you in times of special need. It is especially important that I know of those in the hospital, assisted living or nursing homes, so that they may be included in a prayer for recovery at Shabbat Services. Rabbi Jacob Luski

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Join us in wishing Mazal Tov! to members celebrating their birthdays, anniversaries and B’nai Mitzvah. Your good wishes can be part of their memories, while at the same time, supporting B’nai Israel’s commitment to help our schools, youth groups and Synagogue through your donations to our Mitzvah Fund .

1 Dr. Joel Marantz 1 Janie Pincus 2 Dr. Jimmy Post 2 Stephanie Kohan 3 Janice Brasch 4 Gerald Levin 4 Barry Kanner 5 Sally Swale 5 Philip Redisch 5 Dr. Allen Marmon 6 Stuart Nast 6 Steven Harwood 6 Bill Rosch 7 Richard Mensh 10 Paula Dangler 10 Dr. George Hitzel 11 Marcia Youngerman 12 Doris Hochman 12 Arthur Jay 12 David Halprin 12 Dr. Craig Kunins 13 Marjorie Long 14 Joel Goetz 14 Kimberly Gilbert 14 Angela Weisberg

14 Joel Goetz 15 Marilyn Benjamin 15 Regina Landes 16 Elizabeth Zimmer 18 Mirla Kremer 18 Faina Sakovich 21 Lillian Rosen 21 Ben Blaxberg 21 Pam Himmel 22 Dr. Mitchell LeVine 22 Renee Lipman 25 Beverly Dikman 26 Dr. Edward Lurie 26 Dr. Joseph Rosin 27 Gail Wiseberg 27 Judy Carr 28 Lilly Salcman 28 Dr. David Dresdner 28 Dr. Richard Benator 29 Joann Bush 29 Jeremiah Wiener 29 Susie Berman 29 Rick Applefield 30 Carrye Dodell

2 Dr. Stephen & Debbie Kobernick 3 Neal & Deborah Smalbach 3 Dr. Mitchell & Ellie LeVine 5 Jerry & Barbara Colen 5 Sam & Sandra Janofsky 5 Warren & Rebecca Simmons 5 Seth & Angela Weisberg 6 Dr. Bob & Ina Sheppard 8 Dennis & Moreen Lerner 10 Brian & Sherrie Carroll 11 Marvin & Kitty Jacobs 11 Dr. Joseph & Diana Rosin 15 Jerry & Thelma Gilbert 16 Michael & Gail Frye 18 Dr. Edward & Vivian Lurie

In Honor of: ________________________________ Check the names of everyone to you would like to send a Mitzvah Gram. Send this form together with your check, minimum $10 donation each, to: Congregation B’nai Israel, 300 58th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 *The minimum donation per acknowledgement is $10.

Please print: Your Name: ______________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________ City, _____________________________Zip: __________________ Telephone: ______________

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The festival of Sukkot reaches its joyous climax on Simhat Torah, which is the last day of the Holiday. It is the happiest holiday of the Jewish calendar because we celebrate our joy and pleasure in Torah. Because of Israel’s love of the Torah, a tradition evolved in ancient times to honor three individuals for their commitment to the Torah, to the Synagogue, and the Jewish way of life. On this day we read the last portion of Deuteronomy and then the first portion of Genesis.The individual called to the Torah when the last section of Deuteronomy is read is called Hatan or Kallah Torah. The individual called for the reading of the first portion of Genesis is called Hatan or Kallah Bereshit. The individual honored with the chanting of the Maftir on this day is called Hatan or Kallah Maftir. We continue this year the tradition at Congregation B'nai Israel of St. Petersburg to assign these portions to individuals who, because of their devotion to Judaism and their record of service to the Synagogue and the Jewish Community, have merited public tribute. To express our high regard and respect for the honorees, they are escorted under the Huppah to the Bimah for the special honor where they publicly reaffirm their love of Torah, God and Israel. We are honoring these individuals with these three very special Aliyot on Simhat Torah Morning, Friday, October 1st, 2010: Jack and Irma Mayer, our Hatan and Kallah Torah, moved to Florida in 1995 from St. Louis and joined CBI that year. Jack was born is Speyer, Germany and came to the US in l938 and settled in Toledo, Ohio where Irma was born. Jack graduated from the University of Toledo and was in the Navy during the Korean War. Irma graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Pharmacy. They are the proud parents of three daughters and five grandchildren. At CBI, Jack has served on the Board of Trustees as he also did in St. Louis. He also has been very active with the Mitzvah Men’s Club and has served as the webmaster of the CBI website, for which CBI was honored with a USCJ Synagogue of Excellence Award. Irma has served CBI as a member of the Ritual Committee, as a previous chairman of the Minyan Captains/Minyanaire Committee and as a member of the Spin-A-Yarn committee. Irma represented CBI Sisterhood as a Federation Woman of Distinction 2005 and was the Torah Fund Woman of Achievement in 2008. She was the Chairman of the Shalach Manot Project for CBI Sisterhood for many years. Irma is a life member of Hadassah and was VP of Programming for the past 4 years. Jack and Irma served as co-chairmen of the Adult Studies Committee of CBI for which CBI was awarded a USCJ Synagogue of Excellence in Adult Education in 2006. They also participated with the Social Action Committee and both served on the A-Team—Advocacy for Israel Committee Both Jack and Irma have been very active docents at the Florida Holocaust Museum where Jack has served as President of the Docent Council. He is a survivor speaker to school children and adults and taught a class to the local participants of the March of the Living and accompanied them to Poland and Israel in April, 2010 as a survivor speaker with the Southern US Region. Both of us were elected docent of the year, Jack in 2002 and Irma in 2003. Both also were volunteer ushers for the Florida Orchestra for about ten years at the Mahaffey Theater. Ed Ginsberg, our Hatan Bereshit, was born in the NYC borough of the Bronx to Lillian and Morris Ginsberg, the youngest of three children. Ed's family living in New York includes his sister and brother-in-law, their three children, spouses and grandchildren. Ed was a typical child in the 1950's. He was a Boy Scout, played little league baseball, had a newspaper route and enjoyed playing the drums. As a young man, he started deep sea fishing with his brother and uncle in the waters from City Island to Montauk. He took great pride in the boats he owned and maintained. He loved to tinker with automobiles and motorcycles, especially the engines which he often removed and usually put back in. He is an animal lover and has always kept a variety of pets with a deep sense of commitment to them. In 1975, Ed moved to Nanuet, New York where he worked as a licensed plumber for a large plumbing company. He has a natural sense about anything mechanical and can repair or build just about anything. His love of the water and warm climate brought him to Apollo Beach, Florida in 1989 where he continued to practice his trade. The St. Petersburg community of South Pasadena was fortunate when, in 1997, Ed found a small waterfront home where his family would often come to visit. In 1999 he and a partner formed their own successful plumbing company which they ran until

Page 23 2003. In May 2002 Ed's father, Morris, passed away followed six months later by his mother Lillian. The responsibility of saying Kaddish brought Ed a sense of fulfillment as well as connecting him with Congregation B'nai Israel where he rapidly became an integral part of its community. At Congregation B'nai Israel he shows his sense of chesed as he strives to help anybody and everybody in need. Many minyanaires with disabilities are regularly transported to and from shul by Ed. Ed also serves on the Hevra Kadisha. In addition, Ed has also taken an active role with the House Committee, where he has demonstrated that he can fix anything that is in need of repair. The members of the shul, and especially the daily minyan, have truly become Ed's family here in Florida. Ed is everybody's friend, a Mench's Mench who is ALWAYS there, ready willing, and able to help. Dr. Steven LeVine and Susan Marger LeVine, our Hatan and Kallah Maftir, have been active members of Congregation B’nai Israel since they were married here in 1995. Steve grew up at our synagogue ever since his parents moved here in 1958, when he was 4-years old. He has led the Yom Kippur service at Menorah Manor for more than a decade. At CBI, he enjoys leading services, reading Torah and Haftarah and has led Shacharit services on Rosh Hashanah for the past several years. In the community, Steve served on the board of Menorah Manor, is a lifetime associate member of Hadassah, and has been President of the Pinellas County Medical Association as well as Chief of Surgery at several area hospitals. When he finds a break during his hectic surgery schedule, Steve can be found playing music for his oldies rock-and-roll band “Doc Rock,” enjoying Shabbat morning services or broadening his knowledge of Cantorial Trope and music trivia at home. Susan recently completed her two-year term as President of CBI and is in the coveted role as Immediate Past President. She is active in CBI’s Youth Commission, Marketing Committee and Sisterhood. In the community, Susan was integral in bringing back the Jewish Community Center’s Camp Kadima and then served as Camp Director. She co-published the Pinellas County Jewish Day School’s Yearbook and is currently co-chairing the Pinellas County Jewish Federation’s Women of Distinction. She also serves on the Marketing Committee of Philip Benjamin Tower and is a lifetime member of Hadassah. Steve and Susan have four children, Jennifer, Jared, Marc and Danielle

Israeli Folk Dancing (It’s Free) (It’s Fun!)

Every Sunday evening at Menorah Manor from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Activities Room. New members are welcome. For more information, please contact Janice LeVine at 392-3683.

PRAYER FOR THE ILL Each Saturday morning Congregation B’nai Israel offers prayers of healing during our regular Shabbat morning service. We invite you to join us for weekly Shabbat worship so that you might pray for a loved one and/or yourself at that time in our prayers. If you wish to have someone’s name specially mentioned from the Bimah, please call the synagogue office at 381-4900 with that individual’s English and Hebrew name and that of their parents. May God offer healing to all that are ill. The Gemilut Hasadim Committee

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Jesse & Sandi Rodman

Edna Cohen

Vera Green

Florence Silverman

Lou Bader

Edna Cohen, Alfred Holtzman



Shirley Sommella

Happy Birthday - Cynthia Goldstein



Alice & Larry Ettinger

Harriet Fishman




Ellen Jo Glassman



Bob & Debbie, Abby & Bill Jacobs

Ronnie Gilbert



Sharon Koenig

Ann Skott

Jane & Don Silverberg

Joseph Silverberg



Larry Irwin

Jack & Lee Itzkowitz



Barbara Jarvis

Speedy Recovery - Vivian Neumann

Dr. J. L. Azneer & Dr. Pat Cottrille


Lucille Ginsburg

40th Wedding Anniversary - Dr. Leslie & Reva Pearlstein

Lois & Dr. Peter Pardoll

40th Wedding Anniversary - Dr. Leslie & Reva Pearlstein

Richard & Ruth Erman

Speedy Recovery - Yvonne Bnrube

Sonya Horowitz

Engagement of Kathleen Smith & Fred Buns

Millie & Lenny Gelfond

Engagement and forthcoming marriage

Bonnie & Michael Walker

Sylvia & Harold Packman

Lillian Rosen

Edna Cohen

Barbara & Jerry Colen

Sylvia & Harold Packman

Elaine & Lyle Garon

Ronnie Gilbert

Aileen S. Price

Ronnie Gilbert

Vivian Neumann

Ronnie Gilbert

Dr. Mark & Judi Gordon

Ronnie Gilbert

Steve & Linda Grau

Ronnie Gilbert

Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Hagendorf

Ruth Greene

Sylvia W. Ayes

Ronnie Gilbert, Bunnie Katz

Jean & Harry Kraff

Ronnie Gilbert

Barbara & Joe Sterensis

Ronnie Gilbert

Fred Silverman

Ronnie Gilbert

Pearl Brook

David Nevetsky, Samuel Brook

Mona Bines

Sophie Shapiro

Shimon Bines

Sara Bines

Bill Dolgoff

Craig Dolgoff

Dr. Frank Mendelblatt

Dr. David Mendelblatt, Reba Mendelblatt

Arlen & Anita Helfand

Irving Helfand

Sonya Horowitz

Ronnie Gilbert, Bunnie Katz

Dr. Larry & Sheryl Feinman

Michael Feinman

Ilene Goldblatt

Al Yanchuck

Judith & Gary Moore

Bunnie Katz

Mirla Kremer

David Kremer

Cookie & Paul Shapiro

Abraham Mellitz

Audrey Kopelman

Yetta Schwartz, Herman Schwartz

Henry Rosen

Isaac Rosen

Sharron & Lorne Abrams

Fred May & Barney Weiner

Joseph Fuchs

Loved ones



Dr. David Gross

Stephen Gross



Jorge & Masha Ronay

Happy Birthday - Gerald Benstock

Mr. & Mrs. Tim Eldred & Jonathan

In appreciation

Shirley Sommella

Happy Birthday Jesse Rodman, Dr. Pat Cottrille, Dr. Ben Ami Braun

of Kathleen Smith & Fred Buns Lillian Rosen

Happy Birthday to Alan Gross

Susie & Alan Schwartz

Wedding of Sherry Weissman



Dr. Sam Segal

Ronnie Gilbert

Sarah Swale

Ronnie Gilbert

Mr. & Mrs. Harold Goldberg

Ronnie Gilbert

Barbara Jarvis

Ronnie Gilbert

Dr. Sidney & Lil Grau

Bunnie Katz

The Ayes Family

Bunnie Katz

The Erman Family

Tina DeVries



Sonya H. Miller

Lillie D. Haliczer

Lillian Grau

Mildred Jolles

Mr. & Mrs. Sam Janofsky

Charles Tobis, Bunnie Katz

Sarah Schriebman

Sam Bricker

Jorge & Masha Ronay

Morris Rosenstein

Dr. J. L. Azneer

Ida Azneer

Mr. & Mrs. Sam Janofsky

Margaret Weiss, Ronald Gilbert

Tikva M. Goff

Yehuda Melamed

Mr. & Mrs. Bob Lachter

Stanley Marx

Kitty & Marvin Jacobs

Edna Cohen

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Barbara & Jerry Levin

Ronald Gilbert

Barbara A. Baccari

William K. Baccari

Marian Lustigman Rooth

Helen Lustigman, Robert V. Hayes

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Mensh

Ronald Gilbert

Mali Schantz Feld

Dorothy Schantz

Shirley Sommella

Bunnie Katz

Dr. Don Polsky

Thelma Polsky



Jennifer & Dr. Robert Sternberg

Bunnie Katz

Audrey Kopelman

Bunnie Katz

Sandy Brasch

Abe Katz

Henry Kahalas

Rheta Kahalas

Sally Swale

Bunnie Katz

Mel & Dee Dinsfriend

Louis Dinsfriend

Audrey R. Chenkin

Ethel Rothblatt

Larry & Sheryl Feinman

Edna Cohen

Larry & Aldena Lew

Bunnie Katz

Ilene Goldblatt

Abe & Bunnie Katz

Ilene & Marc Horowitz

Ronnie Gilbert, Abe Katz

Marilyn & Jack Goldberg

Ronnie Gilbert, Abe Katz

Lucille Ginsburg

Ronnie Gilbert

Dr. Mark & Debbie Sokolov

Bunnie Katz

Harry & Pearl Mizrahi

Bunnie Katz

Larry & Lauren Kleinfeld

Bunnie Katz

Judi & Mark Gordon

Harold & Sylvia Packman

Keyvan & Stephanie Kohan

Bunnie Katz

Bev & Mort Sherman

Bunnie Katz

Teddi & David Robbins

Bunnie Katz



Shelley Lynn

Ronnie Gilbert

Naomi Berg & Wes Sawyer

Ronnie Gilbert



LEADERSHIP FUND Sandy & Mike Slomka

Ronnie Gilbert


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KEVER AVOT SERVICES During the High Holiday period, is customary to visit the graves of our loved ones and those who created our Jewish community. ď ™ ď ™ Kever Avot Services will be conducted by Rabbi Jacob Luski and Hazzan Paul Goldstein on Sunday, September 5, 2010, at 10:30 am at Menorah Gardens and at 11:30 am at the CBI section of Royal Palm Cemetery in St. Petersburg.

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